From the Editor – Debtor’s Attorney Fees

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

Court had jurisdiction over fees after dismissal of case. The bankruptcy court had previously awarded $46 million in actual and punitive damages for the lender’s stay violation in conducting foreclosure, with most of that amount payable to public purpose entities (see Sundquist v. Bank of America, N.A., 566 B.R. 563 (Bankr. E.D. Cal. 2017), with $70,000 reasonable compensation awarded to the debtor’s attorney, but the parties reached settlement while that order was pending on appeal and counsel for those debtors asserted . . .

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